Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka has warned the Nigerian Army to be cautious in its activities following the declaration of Operations Python Dance and Crocodile Smile in some parts of the country.

Soyinka, who spoke on Wednesday at a press conference marking the 50th anniversary of the death of a poet, Christopher Okigbo, lamented that humiliation and dehumanisation of the civil populace by military is beginning to creep back into the nation.

The event took place at the University of Ibadan.

Okigbo died while fighting on the Biafran side during the Nigerian civil war in 1967.

Soyinka urged the Federal Government and the military to tread with caution while dealing with civilians.

He said: “There has to be a way out of a repeat of war. But we are reaching a stage whereby, like Christopher Okigbo, people are putting their lives on the line again, which can lead to terrible consequences.

“I think at a time when cattle rearers, who feel they own the nation, humiliate and dehumanise innocent citizens in their communities, this is an area the military can focus more on.”

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